The MBDA Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the business, government and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
How to Apply?
Be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited institution and recommended by a school official.
Be at least 16 years old. (In some cases the age requirement may differ.)
Be a U.S. citizen of the U.S.
Meet the Department's policy on employment of relatives.
Pass a background check & meet security or fitness requirements.
The prospective student must meet all 5 of the established requirements listed above in order to be considered for an internship.
Interested students should:
Reach out to the point of contact listed at the bottom of each description expressing their interest, AND
Forward the following documents to Lester Purnell, MBDA Internship Coordinator:
Cover Letter (including your internship preference),
Resume (including a current mailing address), AND
Lester Purnell will work with the manager(s) identified in the specific internship of interest, and ensure a timely decision is made. Please send the documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a conditional offer is made, the student will receive a set of background documents through email. Students will also receive a set of fingerprint cards (via regular mail sent to the mailing address listed on your resume). Fingerprint cards must be taken to a local police station, completed, and mailed back to Lester Purnell at the following address:
Minority Business Development Agency
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 5084
Washington, DC 20230
All documents and background checks MUST BE RECEIVED & PROCESSED prior to a firm offer being made.
- Spring Internship by December 1st
- Summer Internship by March 1st
- Fall Internship by July 1st (Now Accepting and Reviewing Applications)
- Winter Internship by September 1st